4 Famous Dubai Markets – A Tourist Attraction

Guest Post by Saqib Ali on 4 Famous Dubai Markets

Dubai Markets are attractive oriental places that are tourist attractions. At the bazaars, you can purchase all sorts of curiosities, in addition to interior items, jewellery,  silk, furs, spices, souvenirs and even more. Dubai features a long custom of specializing markets. It is extremely hassle-free not only for suppliers but also for visitors. For instance, those who are interested in buying premium quality vibrant fabrics will go to the textile market, and people who want to buy jewellery will go to the Dubai Gold Souk. 

Together with themed Dubai markets, you will find universal bazaars. Majority of them have undergone changes and now look like modern shopping pavilions or shopping centres. But the well-known shopping complex Madinat Jumeirah, on the other hand, is made in the style of the old eastern market and includes various shops, in addition to restaurants and amusement places.  

Dubai Gold Market

This is certainly by far the most popular markets not only in Dubai but throughout the UAE. The gold market is visited by an incredible number of tourists annually. Here other than lucrative purchases you must visit a significant amount of interesting things. The bazaar itself is a separate quarter of the city.

Different types of jewellery are available: small copies of Najmat Taiba, jewellery with ornaments, gold rings, earrings, bracelets. Silver jewellery is additionally broadly symbolized. Prices in the Dubai markets count on the number of carats and brilliance. On top of that, sellers are led by the gold market rate while finalizing the rates. The bazaar was started at the start of the 20th century and is still working effectively. Approximately 10 tons of gold is put up for sale each day.  The market opens at 9:30 am local time. If you're interested in buying Gold here, check out this buying gold guide.

Dubai Fish Market

Probably the most popular bazaars in the old district of Deira. In times past, the fish trade continues to be performed since the establishment of the Emirate, and for that reason, this market is among the most picturesque places in the city. Every gourmet should be able to find new and unique things here for himself. The pavilions were constructed in the traditional Arabian market-style; but in compliance with all scientific requirements – refrigeration equipment, air conditioners and other equipment were set up to protect the standard of products.

Every morning and evening, fishers bring fresh catch from the Persian Gulf and the encompassing Indian Ocean shores. You will find a huge number of all kinds of seafood. Also fairly close to it, is the Dubai Spice Market. Small fish are traded from 1 kg on one hand, and therefore fresh products are always in the shops. Fresh seafood is sent to the market two times a day. Over 500 tons of seafood are traded here each day. After lunchtime, rates in the market drop sometimes and go up again at night.

Textile Market

For thousands of years, Dubai has been renowned for its wide range of variegated fabrics, silks, curtains and other fabrics. The range of products available can highly roll your head once you visit the market. The Textile market is a place where one can connect with colourful characters – Asian traders, tourists throughout the planet, etc. Only high-quality goods are sold here. The Textile market opens at 9:00 and runs until 21:00 with a lunch break (14:00 – 16:00). The items are constructed with cotton, velvet, satin, wool, etc. The place is very well-known among locals and tourists. Many inhabitants of the European countries come here to buy textiles. This is due to several factors – inexpensive and high-quality products.

The government recently refurbished the shopping arcade, but not compromising on its ancient looks. A massive amount of products from Pakistan, India &  Iran, etc. are accessible here.

Global Village

Global Village is a sessional market which takes place yearly in Dubai. Generally organized from November to April. At its core, the fair is an exhibition complex with pavilions from various countries of the world. Here you can purchase any product you wish to – cosmetics, leather goods, wood products, spices, herbs, textiles and even more. The fair is frequently attended by representatives of countries such as Pakistan, China, Russia, USA, India, Turkey, Germany, etc. Altogether, at least 70 countries participate in the fair.  Besides the sale of goods, concerts, shows, performances, fashion presentations, etc. are held here. A human-made river flows on the territory of Global Village, along which boat trips are arranged. On top of that, the fair houses a real amusement park ideal for families. You can find a selection of entertainment – a haunted house, circus shows, mirror mazes, etc.

Fun fact is it takes place for 5 months only but is attended by about 5 million people. The global village in Dubai is open from Saturday to Wednesday from 16:00 to 00:00, and on holidays, in addition to Thursday and Friday from 16:00 to 01:00.

About Author:
Saqib Ali is a 27-year-old travel blogger based in Dubai. He works full time as a Freelance Digital Marketing consultant, but finds time to squeeze in his passion for travel blogging—especially as an authority on all things Dubai. Read more from Saqib at Dubaitraveladventure.com


A blogger interested in travelling and exploring new places and sharing ideas with all. Curious about the unique features of a place and its ethereal beauty.

12 thoughts on “4 Famous Dubai Markets – A Tourist Attraction

  • October 18, 2020 at 5:16 am

    Wow, such a wonderful intimate travel in Dubai. When I travel I love to go with the villagers and feel the locals. So I think right now I am on it with Saqib.

    • October 19, 2020 at 7:02 pm

      Dubai markets are really good but when I visited there it was like full of bustling people looking for bargains & you can get quite a few if you have enough time to browse & walk. Some shops are fine as you look but majority of them are so pushy that it can shake you up a bit as 1 guy ran around the market after us wondering why we didn’t buy off him.

  • October 19, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    wow really love this article. Thanks for sharing

  • October 19, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    Wow, I would love to be able to travel here one day, to experience this all for myself.

  • October 20, 2020 at 2:50 am

    Looks beautiful! Would love to see these places! Thanks for the tips.

  • October 20, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    I love all these golden accessories, they look beautiful and thanks for sharing the place where they can be found.

  • October 21, 2020 at 12:16 am

    We took a day trip to Dubai from AbuDhabi, that’s why couldn’t explore that place well! On my next visit, I’ll surely go to these markets 🙂 Loved the post ❤️

  • October 21, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    I’ve been in Dubai before and I really amazed how amazing the markets there. Perfect place to shop and buy some souvenirs and remembrance.

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